Hippocrates is much quoted for having said: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” The idea of using food as medicine is also a common principle in Chinese cooking and dates back thousands of years. The following are some examples.
There is an old Chinese saying: “Grains cure what ails you. If grains are not included in the daily diet, you will be inviting disease.” Of all grains, millet can benefit the stomach and is the best choice for supplementary nutrition. Porridge made from millet has been called “the golden porridge” because it best suits the frail or those who have weak stomachs.
Potatoes are rich in potassium, with a medium-sized potato providing 620 mg. That’s one and one-half times more potassium than you get from eating a banana! Patients with heart disease frequently suffer from fluid buildup and swelling in the legs or ankles. The medicine used to get rid of the extra fluid may cause loss of potassium in the body. Eating potatoes can help make up for the loss.
A Japanese study shows that sweet potatoes may lower harmful cholesterol better than 130 other kinds of food.
Tsao Lin, an expert in preventative medicine in the Chinese Central Health Care Committee, told an elderly patient to cut bitter melon into small pieces and soak them in hot water. The patient was then told to eat the bitter melon and pour the hot water into a bottle. He was told to walk 10,000 steps each morning and drink from the bottle of cooked bitter melon water when thirsty. After following this regimen for three months, the patient reported that his blood sugar had returned to normal.
Having soup with meals can help you feel full more quickly and is helpful for people with a tendency to overeat.
A study conducted by researchers from Harvard University disclosed that spinach can help protect the retina. In the study, those who ate spinach 2-5 times a week had a lower risk of age-related macular degeneration.
The writer of this story is not a medical professional, and the information that is in this story has been collected from reliable sources — every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided is for general information purposes only, and should not be substituted for professional health care.